Posted in Bite size learning, Goals, motivation, personal impact, training

90 minutes…

The World Cup is made up of 90 minute matches.  Within that crucial time period, is all the highs and lows any individual can experience.

  • Exhilaration
  • Despair
  • Delight

The game of two halves split into 45 minute modules.  We witness collaboration, joy and agony, a team working towards achieving goals.  The match can be amazing when the team work together it is as if magic has occurred in front of your eyes.

Their performance is based on those 90 minutes especially in a World Cup, they have to perform at that one moment in time.

The brain concentrates for 45 minutes and then needs a break to begin the next 45 minutes.  At your desk set yourself goals and imagine your own World Cup made up of two halves.  Focus on that one achievement for a pure 45 minute period.  Be aware of how much help you need from your team.  The best players are supported and putting egos to one side don’t take all the glory.

The best learning can occur in 90 minutes, when a Facilitator takes a team through a topic, they learn at the same moment in time as each other.  Ideas and discussion are shared and everyone feels they are in a safe environment.

The benefits of learning in 90 minutes, less time away from desk so a cost effective methodology of training a team. The atmosphere created can be like on the pitch, interactive, stimulating and challenging.  Booking 5 x 90 minute modules means the team meet up once a fortnight and share their learning.

For Management and Leadership topics please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk 

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Posted in Bite size learning, Emotional Intelligence, Goals, Leadership, motivation, personal impact

Entrepreneurial Spirit…

Many organisations are now looking for that edge, employees who although part of a company have independent thinking.  The group operate as entrepreneurs, thinking their department is a business and being open to new thinking and new ways of working.

In Sahar Hashemi’s book “Switched On” she gives a route as to how to engage with your entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Believe anyone can do it – use the skills of everyday life in your life at work.
  • Put yourself in your customers’s shoes – Jeff Bezos famously has an empty chair at every meeting for the client
  • Get out of the office – Engage with the wide world – leave the office and know what is going on around you
  • Become clueless – Forgetting how you do things – dump the baggage or the language “we have always done it this way”
  • Prototype – What does your product or service look and feel like? – gain insight from something tangible
  • Notch up Nos – Change your attitude to a “no” – try harder and see a “no” as a challenge
  • Bootstrap – Get things done with limited resources, work really hard and then harder
  • Take 100% of yourself to work – 100% effort + 100% personality = being you

 

Each of these tips are new habits that you need to work into your diary so that they become rituals and disciplines that you adopt.

Involve your team with the ideas and initiatives you will then be a group of entrepreneurs totally switched on.

For a workshop on creative thinking please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk 

Posted in Decision Making, Leadership, mindfulness, motivation

Being a Washington Correspondent…

The St Catherines School auditorium was packed with political enthusiasts waiting for the interview with the BBC Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue.

We were only two minutes in before President Trump was mentioned. The special relationship between the UK and the US in Trump’s eyes was helped with us leaving the EU. Although Gary did say it is very hard explaining to everyone in the US that we haven’t actually left yet…

The next term or election in the US will be key to the political landscape. Names to be aware of are Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and of course Trump himself. The encumbancy carries force although there is a feeling that Trump may simply get bored.

How serious is the Muller investigation for Trump, and the answer was not necessarily the Russian collusion, but more importantly the obstruction of justice by firing the Head of the FBI.

The constant turnaround of Advisors and the ability to second guess Trump’s thinking makes for constant instability.

Understanding the gun culture in the US and the 2Nd amendment is hard for us in the UK.   The beliefs for the right to own a gun are engrained. A constitutional amendment will not happen. However awareness since the Las Vegas mass shooting rose to 40% and then more recently with Florida to 50%. There have been and will be more changes around gun control.

“Black lives matter” has been amplified by social media however statistically there is much disparity with length of life still in the US.

The US is polarised on so many fronts, whether it be north/south, black/white, Democrats/Republicans…the list goes on.

Gary was asked how he coped with his blindness in regard to his job. He admitted to falling off 3 train platforms but was still here to tell the tale. He wore down many girlfriends in the early days by getting them to read press cuttings out loud. He is now very liberated by the use of his iPhone.

He explained how he started as a freelancer for the BBC through a friend of his fathers. Commitment and new ideas are the ingredients to being a successful journalist.

How does living as a blind person in the US compare to the UK. In the US you can plug in headphones to cashpoints in the UK you rely on honesty and kindness. Gary showed his notepad which he described as his 2nd right arm.

Cane or Guide Dog is evidently like the marmite question to a blind person. Gary favours cane at this stage in his life, with his job and travel.

Before we led into the numerous questions – Gary introduced the charity for the retiring fund – Clear Vision. The books are for sighted and unsighted individuals so the joy of reading can be shared by both at the same moment in time.

Gary said that politicians in general aim to “simplify and exaggerate” and he certainly as a journalist demystified for the audience the US, The White House, Washington and being blind. It was a privilege to be a member of the audience.

 

 

Posted in Bite size learning, Change management, coaching, motivation

Cultural change working for you…

We all need to reinvent our ways of working, refresh how things are going.  Look at your bottom line, what can you do differently to generate more revenue.

Organisations invest in workshops around cultural change, to reignite motivations and most importantly incorporate different working practices.

Stop and think about what changes you need to make even as an individual by taking the headings of a Cultural Change Ladder.

Environment 

What do you need to happen in your environment?

  • Describe your current situation
  • How is it a reflection of you and your company?
  • What are your insights and what will you do/change?

Behaviours 

What changes do you need to make in your behaviours?

  • What habits do you notice?
  • What do you tend to do daily/weekly/monthly?
  • What reactions do you notice in others of the impact of your behaviour?
  • What will others see/hear/feel to know you have made changes in your behaviour?

Capabilities

What capabilities do you want to change?

  • Which skills and capabilities are you currently using?
  • Do you have any skills or capabilities that are under utilised?
  • What do you need to do more of?
  • What are challenges are head of you, and identify the capabilities required?

Beliefs 

What beliefs do you want to have about yourself?

  • What do you currently believe about yourself?
  • What is important and positive and what is negative?
  • What will you need to believe in yourself to make changes happen?
  • What values will you need to draw on to change the beliefs you have now?

 

To make this blog practical, answer the questions and create an action list.  For further support please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk

Posted in Change management, Emotional Intelligence, mindfulness, motivation, personal impact, Stress management

The right attitude…

Last Monday I was fortunate enough to attend a talk by James Shone from the charity

“I Can and I Am”.

James has an amazing story from being a House Master to applying to be a Head and in his words landing the “dream” job.  Part of the selection process was a medical, where James discovered he had a brain tumour.  Surgery and a journey of recovery began with the “dream” job disappearing, James found a new purpose.

He set up the charity, “I Can and I Am” to inspire confidence in secondary school children through inspirational talks.

He started on Monday by sharing his own story and then talking to us as parents about how we can work with our children to give them the confidence to believe they can do anything.

His first top tip UFO Vs DBI, the abbreviations stand for Up, Forward and Out and Down, Back and In.  If we always look up and forward and out, we can see the big sky with all the possibilities.  Down back and in, begins that self limiting inner dialogue and where we over analyse events.

As a teacher he was keen for us to understand the progress made by teaching being evaluated by outside influence e.g. Ofsted.  However we are still focusing very much on a funnel all the good stuff goes in, however the system only focuses on that very tight tube at the end of the funnel, academic results.

Teenagers today are spending so much time on their phones which as we know releases the addictive Dopamine in our brain.  We need to unlock other passions and all of this can start at 14 years of age.

As parents we can look to a 3B continuum:-

  • Between – controlling (when they are young and dependent)
  • Beside – journey with them (understanding their life and the gradual steps of independence)
  • Behind – I am here if you need me – the ultimate interdependence

Every child needs a confidence boost and James used the example of an ordinary balloon.  We can either choose to inflate their confidence or deflate, knocking their self worth.  If they are constantly deflated it is like driving a car with a flat tyre, progress is slow and damaging.

There are four things we can ensure:-

  1. Belong – do they feel part of something, do they have a role
  2. Valued – embedding a growth mindset (Carol Dweck) “I can’t do it” should become “I can’t do it yet…”
  3. Good at something – look at the multiple intelligences by Professor Howard Gardner.  We all have strengths in areas that need to be uncovered by the people around us
  4. Future secure – setbacks are viewed as a springboard.  We may fall down but how quickly do we get back up and focus on the future.

We must give our teenagers authentic praise by ensuring we say:-

  • “I noticed…
  • “I heard…
  • “I saw…

Firsthand commentary of what they are doing well and it is our job to build those affirmations in their heads.

We have responsibility to demonstrate our own love of life be the role model with the right attitude.

We might not have a story as big as James Shone, however we can ensure that we smile and dance when we put the dishwasher on.  Talk about your work with passion and share your life with your teenagers.  Behaviour is contagious lets get them talking and off the screen.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Bite size learning, Goals, mindfulness, motivation

Complete a goal on a high…

The achievement of completing a goal can make you feel proud and satisfied, however there is another part of you that mourns the loss of the work.  The adrenalin and energy you poured into the goal can fade very quickly if you have not adopted long term habits that can be sustained you begin to question the accomplishment.   Avoid creating a vacuum when the goal is complete.

The feelings people might feel at the end of the goal are:-

  • Disappointment
  • Feeling lost
  • Exhausted

Disappointment may occur if the goal was to easy or if you were so unrealistic you did not achieve it .  There is a fine balance between stretch and achieveable.  To avoid disappointment ensure that you have milestones in place along the journey.  Those milestones can be new rituals that you keep in place long after the goal.  If you want to increase your revenue you would set a target and the milestones would be to make one new business call a week and one meeting a month (they will stay in place once you have smashed the revenue).

Feeling lost, could well mean there is not enough rigour around the goal.  Did you map it out and plan what it looked like.  Identifying where you want to be at certain points lets you know that you are on track.  If you see setting goals as a journey, you need to know which destination point you have arrived at, and how long it took you to get there.  This often means that you might need to tweak it.  Companies split the year into quarters which is good way of assessing where you are e.g. by Q1 …

Exhausted is very close to exhilaration and elation.  Build into your goal planning, celebrating and relaxing.  If we don’t mark the finishing line the fatigue will run into the next set of goals.

Please do contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk for a Goals workshop.

Posted in Bite size learning, coaching, Goals, motivation

Set “real” goals…

If you have set some goals for January make sure they are realistic.  Goals that are too big can be incredibly inspiring until you don’t meet them and then they can be more demotivating than motivating.  The fall out is much greater, ensure you stick to the bounds of reality.

Goals are assisted by healthy habits and rituals.  Every goal should have bite sized steps to lead to the big goal.  A daily ritual that gets you ever closer to the ultimate, will be far more motivating.

You need to surround yourself with the right people.  Negative  or toxic energy from people who doubt whether you will achieve your goals will drain the positivity leading you to the achievement.

Focus on your overall well being, a good nights sleep is vital, so therefore ensure you don’t look at your phone or tablet before bed.  The messages you receive you take to bed, but scientifically the blue light will reduce the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.

Get started on those ‘real’ goals.  Author Jodi Picoult said the importance of avoiding perfectionism perfectly “you can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page”.

Most importantly get organised, avoiding touching things two or three times.  Everything has a place, have systems and processes in play that lead to your goals.

Make your goals visual, look at them everyday and then they will become reality.

For a goals workshop, please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk